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Old 10-24-2010, 10:16 AM   #1
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Replacing KTM decals -- say goodbye to Mr. Bubbles!

So, I'm finally getting my KTM about where I want it.

Pelican case installed on the back -- check.
BlackDog Cycle Works sidestand relocator -- check.
New tires and brake pads -- check.
Bar risers -- check.

But, the KTM tank stickers just bug the heck out of me. The bike is wonderful, but it looks like it's a reject from a leper colony:



The time has come to attack this issue. I could buy the replacement decals from KTM, for a measly $220.00. I'm sorry KTM, but bite me.

I know that a thousand others must have done this before, but here's my solution. First, I had to track down some low-tack automotive tracing/masking paper -- like the stuff you see used in airbrush shops. I found what I was looking for at a local sign shop.

Step one -- take your wife's best holiday kitchen towel and wipe down the beast:



Step two -- carefully apply low-tack tracing paper:



Step three -- start smoothing and trimming the tracing paper so that you get it to lay on the surface cleanly without wrinkles:



Step -- er, 15, trace the outline:



This front bit is a little more tricky. The paper wants to wrinkle because of the the curve. I hope it won't be a problem going back on. Time will tell.






Next, remove said tracing paper:



. . . trying not to wrinkle it or allowing it to stick itself together. Your efforts are pretty much toast if you allow the sticky sides to stick together.



I couldn't think of a better way to transport the tracing back to the sign shop, so I just rolled the pieces back on the roll that it came on:



OK, back to the sign shop!



As I started talking to the guys at the shop, we kicked around different ideas of what to do. They could just cut new black pieces to replace the old vinyl. That would be fine. I do like the look of the stock bike. Then I noticed that the guys had large pieces of 3M Scotchlite. Hmmm. Should I?

Then the owner of the shop noted that they make road signs for the Department of Transportation, which just start out as high quality reflective material that they print on top of and then clear coat over. The print quality is exceptional, and the guy noted, "We can print anything on reflective material. We could print a picture of your daughter there if that's what you want." Hmmm. Maybe reflective black with a little "Ride the World" in reflective orange? Maybe flames shooting down the side of the bike? Hmmm. I'm gonna have to think about this.

More to come.
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:47 PM   #2
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Keep me posted. I also have a 2005.5 950 and the decals are bubbling. Makes the bike look dogs balls. ALthough I am selling it, I want to make it a little prettier.
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Old 10-24-2010, 03:16 PM   #3
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Really cool, or way too ghetto???

My first mockup:


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Old 10-24-2010, 03:48 PM   #4
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The flames are a bit ghetto ... but its all a matter of personal taste
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Old 10-24-2010, 03:51 PM   #5
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I like the "Ride the World" inset idea.
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Old 10-24-2010, 04:18 PM   #6
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Less ghetto, more ADV

Thoughts?


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Old 10-26-2010, 07:55 PM   #7
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Wicked Mine is PRETTY bad

I thought I was the only one who had bubbles under the decals . I just returned from a trip to Moab and Mosquito Pass and thought I would change out my decals when I got back .In case I dropped it or scratched it , GUESS what I scratched it MAJOR .

so I will have to change the DECALS. I love the compass idea though . Your post has been pretty informative .

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Old 10-24-2012, 02:26 PM   #8
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I like the compass. The flames would look better if they weren't in color, but done more in a relief (if that is the correct term) like the compass. The ride the world part looks really good with the compass too. Did they have a material that looks black in the daytime, but reflective at night? That would be pretty cool. I need to do this too, so I am subscribed!
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Old 10-24-2012, 02:44 PM   #9
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I like the compass. The flames would look better if they weren't in color, but done more in a relief (if that is the correct term) like the compass. The ride the world part looks really good with the compass too. Did they have a material that looks black in the daytime, but reflective at night? That would be pretty cool. I need to do this too, so I am subscribed!
I thought about reflective, but the guys at the shop said that it is much thicker because of the lenses imbedded in it and, therefore, hard to cut fine shapes on their cutter. Also, a thick first coat of material would not work with a clear layer over the top, which is necessary in this application.
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:42 AM   #10
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Nice job on the design! I contacted the sign shop and they still have the design on file and want $150 + shipping for them.
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Old 08-22-2013, 04:07 AM   #11
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Nice job on the design! I contacted the sign shop and they still have the design on file and want $150 + shipping for them.
It would be a good idea to take some tacky tracing paper and trace the outline of your existing decals and send that to the shop. That way, they can perfectly match the size. There was one instance in which the custom decals came out smaller than the original decals. It's unknown why that occurred, but a tracing of your existing decals would avoid that problem.
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Old 08-22-2013, 05:24 AM   #12
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It would be a good idea to take some tacky tracing paper and trace the outline of your existing decals and send that to the shop. That way, they can perfectly match the size. There was one instance in which the custom decals came out smaller than the original decals. It's unknown why that occurred, but a tracing of your existing decals would avoid that problem.
Good idea, will do that...
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:26 PM   #13
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Hey Goss please do let us know how your fix works!

I have really fat fingers...sorry
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:31 PM   #14
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Hey Goss please do let us know how your fix works!

I have really fat fingers...sorry
So far so good and no appearance of any adhesion problems and no bubbles. Will let you know if something happens.
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Old 03-28-2013, 10:06 AM   #15
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^ Did the replacement stickers make your swingarm fall off?

Still looks great!
No, but there was a definite horse power increase. :)
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